The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team continued its road stretch on Saturday afternoon at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex. The no. 6 Cougars fell just short of the no. 2 Knights, losing by a final score of 8-7.
Dave Ellsworth got GCC on the board first with a goal late in the first quarter. The Cougars kept CCBC-Essex without a goal in the opening period and successfully killed off three penalties.
Dana Ray made it 2-0 Genesee early in the second quarter but the Knights scored twice shortly after to tie the game at two.
GCC went into the half with lead lead thanks to an unassisted goal by Jimmy Smith to put the Cougars in front 3-2.
The Knights began the second half by scoring the first two goals and took their first lead at 4-3 with four-minutes left in the third. The Cougars responded and tallied the next two goals, one from Doug Ellsworth and one Josh Wester, to take a 5-4 lead into the fourth.
Tyler Godfrey extended GCC's lead to 7-5 with a goal early in the final quarter, but CCBC-Essex netted three straight goals in less than a minute to take an 8-7 lead.
GCC hung tough and had to kill off a three-man penalty, but could not get the equalizer despite a penalty shot and a last second chance from Ray.
Craig Seneca made 24 saves in net for the Cougars. Pete DiLaura had 11 ground balls and 11 takeaways, Merek Regan tallied 10 ground balls and eight takeaways, Johnny Astrologo finished the afternoon with nine ground balls and eight takeaways and Jesse Jimerson added eight ground balls and seven takeaways.
Smith finished with two goals, Ray had a goal and two assists and Nick Gray had two assists and was 5/8 on face-offs.
Genesee falls to 2-2 on the year and the Cougars will end their three-game road stretch on Wednesday at Monroe Community College. Face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.